Rail passengers support charity

Debbie Ward and Karen Burgon.Debbie Ward and Karen Burgon.
Debbie Ward and Karen Burgon.
A charity is celebrating collecting thousands of pounds after a year of fundraising at Leeds Station.

Over the last 12 months, a team of volunteers from Leeds North and West Foodbank have been at the railway station once a month with their fundraising buckets, collecting money to provide emergency food and support to local people.

The fundraising drive has been hugely successful, thanks to the generosity of those using the station, and more than £11,000 has been collected in the past year.

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Karen Burgon, project director at Leeds North and West Foodbank, said: “It’s been brilliant to be able to collect vital funds right in the heart of the city at Leeds Station.

“The donations go towards helping those in need and I would like to thank everyone who has donated to the charity.”

Karen added that she was grateful to Network Rail for its support and that she is looking forward to carrying on fundraising at the station.

Leeds North and West Foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in their local area.

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It is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Debbie Ward, station support assistant for Network Rail at Leeds Station, said: “We were delighted to be able to offer our support when Leeds North and West Foodbank approached us about fundraising at the station.

“We are always looking for new ways to support our local community and this gave us a great way to be able to do that.

“We know that we have fantastic customers who use the station and this is reflected in the generosity of their donations.”